Gitana Wellness… where you can breathe, let go and make yourself at home, literally. Megan is a holistic health practitioner and an organic beauty expert, shaman, and healer to awaken your inner beauty. Megan, who studied recently to be a shaman in Peru uses advanced energy medicine such as reiki, shamanic energy, crystal therapy and is
clair-sensiet, which means everything comes to her intuitively. Her philosophy on beauty and wellbeing comes from fixing what’s inside, she believes, “What comes up, has to come down, and what flows in, has to flow out. If your inner world doesn’t look and feel beautiful, then that is what is directly reflected in your outer world. You need to integrate both outer and inner beauty to truly feel beautiful”
Megan welcomes you to awaken your inner goddess, step into your sacred power, heal your spirit, and embrace your wild beauty- lashes included. You know we love a great deal and Megan has a special this month for a full set of sweat proof, water proof, oil resistant, cruelty free, organic non-toxic lashes for only $100 right now!
Gitana, meaning gypsy, will have you forgetting your worries and takes a stress-free approach to holistic beauty and healing. Gitana beauty also does organic spray tans and body treatments along with refreshing paradise facials. Megan’s mission is to create a truly unique experience inside and out. Having her in the comfort of your home doing lashes is such a pleasure, but the real joy came from the conversation and understanding of free-flowing concerns that Megan could explain reasons why you may be feeling a certain way, the way no one could explain before. Not only does Gitana beauty having conscious awareness of your mind and body, it will be a transformative experience for all. “Loving and accepting yourself at any age and knowing each moment in life is perfect and exactly as it should be, will actually shift the physical manifestation of aging issues. “– Megan
It’s the season of at-home online workouts – they’re spreading like wild fire. I get XYZ amount of daily pitches to try them all and I can barely sort through them. When VARLAHarrived into my inbox I perked up because it requires no more than a mat (for the most part, I believe there may be a band somewhere). Ok, easy! I am also a big fan of using our own body weight for resistance.
I tried the FIRE & ICE and I was SO INTO IT!
38 minutes. Intense. HIIT. Quick bursts, deep work, do-able, no crazy, HARD A.F. but totally do-able. And there was two variations given always for lower and higher intensity. I am DEF going to go for the 6 week transformation and try every single video. Ok, I’ll um start Monday! But I’m doing it.
This program is called DICED. (A few new ones to come soon!)
Note: you might want to blast your own music to get yourself pumping – the music in the background was that generic sort of gym music but luckily it was toned down very low – so go blast your jams!!)
I am super psyched to try them all and at 38 minutes I can totally do this before work. I AM IN!
VARLAH is the first global on demand fitness streaming service that offers a variety of fitness programs by top leading fitness industry experts. VARLAH, founded in Australia, is now the world’s “Netflix” of fitness and can be accessible from anywhere in the world.
VARHLAH offers a myriad of programs, designed to cater to all ages, fitness levels and interests while being accessible to each and every user no matter where they are or what time of day it is. As long as the user has internet has access and a small amount of space, Fitness, strength and weight loss will literally at your fingertips.
For $69 you get full access to all videos. No monthly payments.
DICED, VARLAH’s first fitness program is an online body transformation program lead by Celebrity trainer, Luke Istomin (responsible for Hugh Jackman’s transformation for the super ripped Wolverine.) DICED offers:
·High Intensity Workout Videos that can be streamed anywhere on any device
·A Nutrition Plan focusing on healthy and nutritious eating
·A community support forum with advice, recipes and tips from Luke and the VARLAH TEAM
·The body transformation secrets that Luke has previously only given to his celebrity clients which include: Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ricky Martin and more.
You don’t need a gym or any equipment for the DICED program All you need is a commitment of 6 weeks of High Intensity, functional training with the very best in the business leading the way.
Below is just one of the transformations that have occurred from using the DICED program for just 6 weeks. It’s astonishing!
Jessica Chasen, 38 year old woman working in Public Relations was always surrounded by delicious snacks. As she got older and busier, the weight slowly started to pack on and she simply just ate whatever was infront of her. However, one October morning she had enough and realized that she was no longer herself. She even said, “This isn’t what I want to look like”.
Fast forward to almost four months later and 28 pounds lighter, Jess has an entirely new outlook on life along with self confidence and happiness. She says that, “Sugar was the hardest thing to give up. The lure of the dose of energy that comes from sugar is quite seductive and hard to resist”.
Jess Chasen – Lost 28 Pounds in THREE months with VARLAH
Founders Lexy Meyerson, Alan Meyerson, Luke Istomin
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and according to the Skin Cancer Foundation: An estimated 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017. An estimated 9,730 people will die of melanoma in 2017. The majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. Sun protective apparel is the best way to protect yourself from the sun.
TUTUBLUE, founded by actress Sarah Buxton after a scare with melanoma, has recently expanded to offer even more options for active outdoor enthusiasts to stay protected from the suns harmful rays while outside.
Buxton launched the brand with an original full-body womens beach suit offering complete neck-to-ankle 50+ UPF protection in 2016. After appearing on ABCs Shark Tank, Buxton secured a partnership with sun protective clothing pioneer Sun Protection Zone, which has allowed her to expand the collection to include leggings and rash guards for men, women and children just in time for Melanoma Monday on May 1st.
There is so many cute options to choose from! Leggings, wet suits – the works.
In 2015, Buxton noticed a strange spot on her hand just before an audition. After getting it checked out, she was diagnosed with melanoma. The melanoma was successfully surgically removed, but her doctors advised her not to go back in the sun or risk a melanoma recurrence.
As an active native Southern Californian who loves the beach and outdoors, she had a hard time accepting this advice and while still in the hospital recovering from surgery, conceptualized the idea for a full-coverage sun protective suit she could wear outside. She launched the brand with the signature full-body womens suits in early 2016 on Shark Tank. Although she didnt get a deal on the show, her phone started ringing with offers from investors and potential partners.
The suits are beautiful, comfortable, fun, functional and provide the ultimate protection from the sun while still being lightweight, breathable and offering fast-drying and cooling properties. While the cuts and construction support athletic activity, the silhouettes are form fitting and flattering.
The surf-friendly long-sleeved one piece is the cornerstone of the collection offering a complete coverage alternative to applying sunscreen. The short one-piece offers a slightly less conservative look and the highly versatile leggings offer stylish sun protection for watersports while transcending seamlessly from the beach to yoga or other fitness and lifestyle activities. Rashguards have been added allowing consumers to mix and max the pieces, and styles are also now available for children and men.
Founded in 2005, Sun Protection Zone develops mens, womens and childrens apparel and accessories with 100 percent UVA & UVB protection. The collection includes tee-shirts, long sleeved shirts, rash guards, shorts, hats and arm sleeves. Sun Protection Zones goal is to inform and protect consumers from the sun in fashionable ways with great quality and unique design. Sun Protection Zone not only sells sun protective products, but is very involved in the community and charity by spreading the message of sun safety in unique ways. They also work with leading dermatologists to raise awareness of skin cancer and educate their patients about sun protection through product sampling, brochures and other informative publications.
I am in the tender place at my age (over 45!) where I am in no way ready to go under the knife (physically, emotionally, technically, financially) for my face but HOLY SHIT IF GRAVITY ISN’T BULLYING THE CRAP OUT OF ME RIGHT NOW!
I’ve waited months to post about PROFOUND. I wanted to give it the close to 6 months that it takes to fully take effect so I could honestly evaluate it.
When I first caught wind of this procedure, I immediately perked up. It sounded like the perfect pre-face-lift type of procedure for me. But I needed to find the right doctor.
Enter: Dr. Ben Talei, Board Certified. Dual Fellowship Trained. Facial Plastic Surgeon.
In other words, The Man. Dr. Talei is taking this town by storm and it’s clear why – he’s a prodigy. His accomplishments at such a young age, will make you feel like a major loser. Then there’s his skill. If there is such a thing as an It Facelift Doctor, he’s the one.
We all know I am not a fan of Ulthera and there is only so much that lasers and peels can do. I needed to address the deep DEEP layers and it’s either surgery or….this.
Ok, below is lot of tech stuff I pulled from the interwebs – but let me fill you in on my experience.
The shit is no joke. There is no pain but there is a recovery to deal with. Many doctors will downplay the bruising and recovery – but let me tell you, there’s some downtime. For me it was a good two weeks of major bruising. If you are mentally prepared for this – then great. But doctor’s will often shuck this off very casually. Dr. Talei was cool – and said you’re going to bruise. Still, I was not prepared. Suffice to say, you’ll look like you went sky diving and your shoot did not open. Your face will swell, then go down, then puff up like a blow fish. In my case, you might have little round bumps on your face, like an ostrich, for a few months (rare – but it happened to me). And still – it was worth it.
Yup. My face was a wreck for a good while. But five months out – the overall results are in. I am tighter, lifted and glowing. And I thrilled I held off on this write up until now – because I really gave it the time to do its magic. Ok, take a read of this jargon below.
It’s in the thousands – but way less than surgery, that’s for sure.
You will LOVE – as in fall in love so watch out – the adorable and divine Dr. Talei. And his new office is apparently insanely stunning.
WHAT: Profound uses RF Microneedling to deliver RF energy at regulated temperatures to precise points under the skin:
1st device to create all 3 skin fundamentals: Elastin. Collagen. Hyaluronic Acid.
Yields 100% response* for total patient satisfaction
Heats the adipose tissue and remodels the septae
Both Dermal & Adipose Tissues
Single treatment procedure with a 100% response* rate
Treats jawline, jowls, wrinkles and other textural considerations
A comprehensive treatment for Dermal & SubQ layers
Yields predictable results with complete control over depth, temperature and time of treatment
The Science of Profound
Unlike other RF devices, Profound is unique is it’s ability to control the exact temperature of the skin as the RF energy is being applied.
WHY HEAT? In simplest terms, controlled damage to the under layers of the skin promotes the growth of collagen. Profound uses heat to do this. When the under layers of the skin are heated to 65°C (149°F), neocollagenisis begins which is when collagen comes in contact with the heat and begins to denature or constrict.
When this happens we have less sagging skin and our wrinkles begin to smooth out. Keep in mind that the miracle of collagen growth takes time and you won’t see the initial change for 4 to 10 weeks and the ultimate results for anywhere from 3 to 6 months.
Studies have found that the sweet spot to partially denature collagen is by heating the area to 67°C (152.6°F) and to maintain that heat for 4 seconds at a time between 2 to 4mm under the skin – with no variation.
Seems easy enough but there was nothing out there that could pinpoint the heat and control the temperature in order to produce the ideal conditions for partially denaturing collagen. Instead, they heat a general area of the skin with wavering temperatures in order to protect the outer layers of skin.
But regardless, most don’t even reach the optimal 67°C (152.6°F). The temperature varies up and down and that’s not the ideal for partially denaturing collagen. Until Profound.
Profound is the only unit that uses RF Energy to heat the area, microneedles to pinpoint the exact depth, protecting the outer layer of skin, and a patented Real Time Temperature Control algorithm to meet the ideal temperature.
Recent studies have found that a single treatment produced a profound increase in elastin and collagen 4 to 10 weeks after the treatment with a 95% response rate for laxity at 6 months after treatment:
Before and 3 Months After Profound Skin Tightening Treatment
Before and 6 months after One Profound Skin Tightening Treatment
Profound for skin tightening treatment takes 45 minutes or less. Your doctor will slather on a local anesthetic and once your numb she will use a handheld unit to apply teeny little pore sized needles into your skin, pulsing heat 4 seconds at a time.
Profound is delivered in a single treatment, typically lasting 45 minutes duration for one treatment area. The patient is given local anesthesia to ensure comfort during the procedure. Once the anesthesia is effective and the skin is numb, the Profound treatment begins. Twelve (six pairs) high-tech silicone-coated needles are inserted into the skin. Each pair of needles has an uncoated tip, sending radiofrequency current between the tips of the needles.
The radiofrequency current travels between the needles, creating heat over the targeted dermal tissues. The heat tightens lax skin by stimulating production of collagen and elastin fibers. The silicone coating over the remainder of the needle protects the overlying skin from any damage, so only the targeted area is treated.
Because the procedure is done under local anesthesia, there is no pain. The needles are so small that there is no bleeding. The computer controlled needles heat the dermis layer of skin to the exact right temperature and time duration to stimulate collagen and elastin production. This production leads to the lifting and tightening of the skin. Each are of laxity is treated as a zone, with 30-40 minutes necessary for each region. For a full facial rejuvenation, many patients opt to have the procedure performed over the skin of the neck, cheeks and around the eyes and eyebrows.
Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery –
465 N Roxbury Dr, #750
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 288-0641
DR. BEN TALEI
A native of California, Dr. Benjamin (Ben) Talei graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Physiological Sciences receiving both College and Departmental Honors. While studying at the University of Menedez Pelayo in Spain, Dr. Talei worked for the Sisterhood of Blood Donors and the Red Cross promoting blood donations in Andalucia, Spain.
He then received his Medical Degree at one of the nation’s top medical schools –University of California, San Diego School of Medicine (UCSD). Dr. Talei was nominated to the Gold Humanism Honor Society after having donated immense amounts of time and energy to the free clinic in San Diego along with other charitable foundations.
Dr. Talei then completed his residency training in Head & Neck Surgery at Columbia University and Cornell University Medical Centers, New York Presbyterian Hospital. There he worked with the Greats of Facial Plastic Surgery included his primary mentor Dr. Steven Pearlman. He then served as Chief in his residency at Columbia and Cornell and served as a fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center also in New York City.
Following his residency training, Dr. Talei became one of the only surgeons in the country to complete two separate fellowships in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. First he completed one of the most revered and prestigious fellowships in the country at the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. Simultaneously he offered his skills and training while serving as voluntary staff and teacher for the Resident Head & Neck Surgeons of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Dr. Talei then furthered his training with Dr. Milton Waner at the Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York, a part of Lenox Hill and Manhattan Ear, Eyes and Throat Hospitals. There he treated the most rare and devastating Vascular Birthmarks & Congenital Anomalies while refining his techniques in Pediatric Facial Plastic Surgery.
Integrated fully into the Beverly Hills community, Dr. Talei is a member of the Beverly Hills Health & Wellness Committee. He is also on staff at UCLA Ronald Regan Medical Center, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Talei is the Advisory Chair for the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA).
Dr. Talei is also an avid author and speaker. He has been invited to speak at national meetings and has contributed significantly to medical literature with his research and publications in medical journals and textbooks. His publications on Advanced Face and Neck Lifting Techniques and Revision Rhinoplasty are used to teach doctors nationwide. As a sub-specialist in Deep Plane Facial Rejuvenation & Facelifting and Minimally Invasive Rhinoplasty, Dr. Talei frequently accommodates visiting surgeons in order to teach them more advanced surgical techniques. The Modified Upper Lip Lift is also a procedure pioneered and perfected by Dr. Talei as he performs more than any surgeon in the world. He is most well known for his rapid healing times, very natural, long-lasting results and impeccable facial aesthetic. Dr. Talei has a dedicated expertise to the Face and has been featured on E! News, Fox, NBC, and Inside Edition amongst a host of other editorials.